Happy 63rd Everyone!

17 08 2010

India turns 63 and while the nation celebrated it’s independence I thought Ill remind us all of the wonderful email forward I received a while back…most of you must’ve read this but its worth a second look. Here goes…

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We live in a nation where…

We live in a nation,

Where Pizza reaches home faster than

Ambulance, police or fire brigade.

Where you get car loan @ 5%

and education loan @ 12% interest.

Where rice is Rs 40/- per kg

but sim card is free of cost.

Where the footwear, we wear, are sold in AC showrooms,

but vegetables, that we eat, are sold on the footpaths.

Where everybody wants to be famous but

nobody wants to follow the path to be famous.

Where we make lemon juices with artificial flavours

and dish wash liquids with real lemon.

Where people are standing at tea stalls reading an article about child labour from a newspaper and say, “yaar bachhonse kaam karvane wale ko to phansi par chadha dena chahiye” and then they shout ” Oye chhotu 2 chaii laao…..”.

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It’s been a while

23 09 2009

Long time no write…been so caught up with things i have totally neglected to write something down.

I’m sure all of us have gone through that, starting a blog…”dude, its gonna rock…ill update it everyday….itl be funny…it will be what ever i think it will be…blah..blah.” and well 4 posts later and a 100 visitors later which by now has dwindled to about 3 or 4 per day…you start to realize…hmm.. i think its been a while!

well anways no more excuses….here’s what happened so far…and ill keep it short.

travelled a lot, met a lot of friends, family…quit my job…(yeah!) and switched homes…

not bad for 4 months eh.?!

well here’s to whatever comes next…clink!





For What It’s Worth

16 01 2009

I Must confess I haven’t heard this song till I saw an episode of the West Wing. (Season 3 – Isaac and Ishmael). And now I can’t stop listening to it.

There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware

I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind

I think it’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

What a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side

It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you’re always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away

We better stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, now, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

-Buffalo Springfield

Amazing!





Nandhini Biryani Anyone?

15 01 2009

Blog post removed on request.





Positively Innaccurate.

15 01 2009

All this talk about inflated balance sheets prompted me to post one of my favorite strips of Dilbert.

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Source: Dilbert





Happy New Year!

7 01 2009

Happy New Year everyone…its 2009 btw in case you are still hungover!

First off, apologies are in order. I haven’t updated my blog in what seems like ages and truthfully it’s not that I have been lazy.. its just that I have been taking a much needed break from my computer, my work, my routine… not that blogging is a routine but booting up a PC does seem like one!

But now I am back to the grind, the work, the traffic, the mess, the chaos… so rest assured all my frustrations will be manifested pretty regularly in this blog…apart from the other stuff of course.

Thanks to all my readers who have read my blog so far, I hope you keep coming back and bring more people with you…I ll do my best to keep this as random as possible.

So what have I been upto..as I said I was on vacation but while I was on this much needed hiatus…I have noticed that a lot of new events have taken place, but yet little has changed.

No new headway with Pakistan despite the world (except China & Brazil) being on our side, security is still bad despite the recent bombings in Assam, Chidambaram is our new Home Minister but yet you do feel the same vulnerability;  Traffic is bad everywhere despite new flyovers; pollution has gotten worse despite stricter regulatory norms in place, economy is still bad despite BPO’s hiring sprees; sport still struggles in India despite new impetus provided by our boxing and shooting stars…

the same things get repeated all over again…things move so slowly and it frustrates me…the common man!

I need visionaries, i need people to inspire me, I need someone to look up to in my country…I need hope!

While I may sound pessimistic about things.. I do however keep myself happy by enjoying the the little things …

Watching India beat England for example…or SA beating AUS.. A good book (Arvind Adiga’s – White tiger…which I promise Ill review in my future posts)…Formula 1, Driving on a well laid road (which is a rarity in most cities), a bag of potato chips, drinking beer, watching House MD or Big Bang Theory…

ahh the simple things…

So with this lack of contribution of mine to my country Id like to propose the following poll..

No matter what your answers are…have a great 360 odd days ahead!





Sony cuts 8000 jobs!

9 12 2008

In what seems like another Japanese company in trouble, citing falling revenues and stronger yen, Sony Corporation plans to cut 8000 jobs. This results in them reducing their investment by 30 % in the electronics business by the fiscal end of 2010.

Sony has about 160,00 employees as of now and aims to save upwards of 100 billion yen (roughly $ 1.1 billion) by such measures which also include shutting down manufacturing plants.

This news comes after the surprise pullout of Honda from F1 citing the same reasons which was unexpected given the reaction of the FIA.

Wipro in India is also cutting costs by recruting engineers for it’s BPO division instead of the engineering division. Although the company says it will ensure that these jobs will count as valid work experience for an engineering role in the future, the situation remain bleak for the company. In a related story on IBN the BPO companies are themselves looking for a bailout from the government. According to NASSCOM the Indian BPO sector employs roughly 700,000 people. Due to the current recession, cuts of about 250,000 jobs starting 2009 is expected. Thats a whopping 35% reduction in number of employees.

Some experts suggest this recession might last for 10 years!

All I can say is that stick on to your job, cause it just got more valuable.

Do let me know how the recession is affecting you..wherever you are.